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Where is my America?

We’re proud to publish the work of revolutionary activist poet James Litkett, beginning with his stirring tribute in memory of Eric Garner’s 2014 death at the hands of New York City police.

For Erica Garner

By James Litkett

Where oh where can she be?

Can someone help me, help me,

Please. I seem to be in the

Wrong place, lost and confused

As to who I’m and where I

Need to be. I’m searching

For my country ‘tis of

Thee, sweet land of liberty

For everyone but me! Land

Where my mother cries endlessly!

Land where my father and brothers

Die daily! Land of the noble

Free, except for me! Sweet

Freedoms song, for all but me!

Author of liberty to all but me!

Why, I say, to thee should

I sing? In a land so bright

Within freedom’s holy light,

Why am I not protected

And respected within freedoms

Holy light or protected by thine

Holy might, Great God, King of all!

We are not expendable, disposable


As of this time 8/23/14

3:51 PM this day of Sharpton’s

Staten Island March,

for my deceased brother, Eric Garner!

Murdered in the streets

By illegal police chokehold,

Which transformed into a legalized new age lynching!

At this time I demand

All hostile actions cease and desist

In regard to the Black man

(an endangered species!) That

My 14th amendment rights

Be upheld,without delay: No state shall

Make or enforce any law

Which shall abridge the

Privileges or immunities

Of citizens of the U.S.

Nor shall any state deprive

Any person of life, liberty or

Property, without due process of

Law; nor deny to any person within

It’s jurisdiction the equal protection

Of said laws. This America is

The moment of truth, we will

Come to a rational decision

And course of action due to the

Facts, rules and law now in place!

Conquer we must, with our cause

Being so just! In the year

2014 where, oh where is my

America. Why, oh why can’t

It still be found! Must I look

Underground! Wait another day

You say? Oh no way! Cause

I have no more time, so just

Go ahead and

Giv’me mine!!!

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